S: 2010 Vacation: Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
FC: Brittain's Holiday
1: LLandudno, Wales The beginning of our vacation. Our anniversary, 3 wonderful years together. We celebrated by taking a trip that encompassed, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. We saw many interesting things and places. Come along on our journey!!
2: Sites around Llandudno, Caenarfon, Snowdon, the notorious cable car and road views.
4: Here is the coast, beautiful and sunny, drive to Snowdon, raining and can't see a thing. So this is our view of the top of the mountain! Oh, well, on to Conwy,one of my favorite places!
5: The pier at Llandudno, the smallest house in Britain, and a guy on the street with a hawk, kind of spooky! Beautiful views and walls along the drive in Wales.
7: Conwy Castle, and the view of the harbor. This castle is incredible and takes your breath away.
11: Conwy Castle, the view of driving through the city walls and a look down the high street to the castle. What an incredible day!!
13: Beaumaris Castle, on our way to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland. Wales has been incredible and this castle was an additional treat! See you in Ireland!
14: Crossing the Menai Straits on our way to Holyhead. On the way to Ireland, the ferry was very, very windy, thought Simon might blow overboard, but we made it to Dublin and drove to Belfast, what a pleasant surprise it was!
15: Stormont Parliament building
17: A quick look at the murals in Belfast, from Sandy Row to Shankill Road, the effects of seeing them was overwhelming and educational.
19: Yet, more of the murals in Belfast. This city is a legacy to the memories of those who fought for what they believed in no matter what each of us believe!
21: Still more of the areas in Belfast that impressed us. I guess it deserves another trip to learn more!
22: A few more sites from Belfast, and the smallest house in Belfast, maybe in Britain, but it is told that 10 people lived in it, can't imagine they were all there at the same time!!
23: The Titanic was built in Belfast and they are currently recreating it. Amazing!!!
24: The Causeway Lodge where we stayed in Northern Ireland, 5* and the breakfasts were incredible, Simon ate a full Irish every day!! Also the Bushmill's Inn where many Amercians evidently stay!
25: The infamous Carrick- a- Rede rope bridge. 80 ft. above the water and slightly windy that day. Of course I was terrified, but as you will see I did it!!!!
27: Some of the views from the bridge and the island. Simon had to help me get back across, cause as you can see, he isn't scared. Me, petrified!!! What a beautiful view and place!!
28: Giant's Causeway, incredible rock formations. There was so much to see, it was impossible to take it in and to imagine that these formations were created by nature. Who could ever imagine what is out in this world to see!
30: Climbing amongst the formations was so incredible. They are so perfectly formed. Everywhere you look it is amazing!
32: Dunluce Castle, a ruins on the Northern Ireland coast. It is said to be one of the most romantic castles in the world. Don't know if that is true, but, that is the local story. Simon was going into "Merlin's cave" under the castle, he felt a presence there and came right out!!!
34: Many views from Northern Ireland, as we left and drove down the coast, first we stopped at Bushmill's Distillery but it was closed and so we continued on to Larne to catch the ferry to Troon. The views along the coast were magical. WOW, Northern Ireland is a place I could go back to over and over again!!
36: Glasgow, a unique surprise. Icky hotel, but we loved the city and the shopping was incredible!!
38: Various sites around the city of Glasgow. It was a dreary, cloudy day, but the rain held off for the most part and allowed us to walk up and down the many hills and see many different styles.
40: Loc Lomond, boat tour with a lot of blue haired people..not impressed but the scenery was beautiful!
43: Views from Doune Castle in Scotland, it was an unexpected surprise when we discovered that "Monty Python's The Holy Grail" was filmed there.
46: Stirling Castle, say no more!
49: Robert the Bruce at Stirling Castle, many tapestries, that took over two years to recreate.
50: William Wallace Monument
51: Sites from around the castle
53: More castle views. This castle is very interesting. They are in the process of lime-washing it so that it looks like it did when first built. It looked very new to us, not sure if we like the "new look"!
54: Falkirk Wheel, a device that lifts boats .
55: Hopetoun House, on the edges of Edinburgh, we happened upon it, and were so glad we did! It is still a residence and a beautiful home with incredible views from the roof.
58: Glamis Castle, residence of the family of the Queen Mother. There are many relics of the royal family here. The Highland cattle were impressive and watching the babies was sweet.
59: We went on a guided tour inside, and had tea afterwards. This was the furthest north we went.
60: St. Andrew's castle and cathedral. It is the place many weddings currently take place. Very beautiful coastline castle. From the castle you have a great view of the city and the cathedral.
63: Taking the train from Dunfermline to Edinburgh. The first views of the castle were beautiful.
64: Edinburgh Castle is huge and with the Tatoo going on, it was difficult to see everything. I think we will have to go back and see it again!!
65: View of the city, St. Margaret's Chapel
66: Sites around Edinburgh, a much needed refreshment, the Tatoo stands and a beautiful view of the castle.
69: Random pics from our trip!